Biomass Heating Grants

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Biomass Heating Grants
Biomass fuel is derived from forest byproducts. (forest image by Dozet from

Biomass products are organic materials or industrial byproducts that can be used for fuel. The use of biomass products for space heat has grown in popularity due its cost efficiency. Natural sources for biomass fuel include wood pellets and agricultural byproducts. Biomass heating grants support biofuel industries in the development of wood biomass heating systems. The main objective of the grant is to support sustainable biomass fuel projects.

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation--DNRC

The "fuels for schools and beyond program," at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is a grant that is provided in partnership between government and private forestry organisations. The grants encourage the use of forest biomass waste for energy in public facilities like schools and government buildings. The program will support innovative pilot projects that will utilise "small-diameter" woody materials and new technologies to develop biofuels. In addition to developing heating systems that rely on biomass energy resources for public facilities, the project will also help to reduce forest fires by converting wood wastes such as tree limbs and branches into renewable energy. The fuels for schools project is expected to expand to other schools throughout the country.

Department of Natural Resources

and Conservation----DNRC

1625 Eleventh Ave.

Helena, MT 59620


U.S. Forest Service

Under the Wood Education and Resource Center's (WERC) administration, the U.S. Forest Service solicits proposals from northeastern states to fund projects that focus on innovative approaches for utilising forest products. Under this category, the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant is awarded to state and private forestry organisations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service of New Hampshire received a grant from the U.S. Forest service to conduct workshops on the benefits of using biomass heating systems in municipal, county and school buildings statewide. In addition to funding the workshops, portions of the grant will be used to tour existing heating systems, and to conduct feasibility studies for building owners who wish to replace their existing heaters with biomass heating systems.

U.S. Forest Service

201 14th Street, S.W. at Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

Telephone not provided

Western Governors' Association----WGA

Western Governors' Association's biomass energy program supports 13 participating states to develop alternate fuel programs that utilise bio-based products for energy. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is a WGA grant recipient. In an effort to utilise the South Dakota's woody biomass, proceeds from the grant will be used to conduct a feasibility study to use biomass for public heating facilities in South Dakota.

Western Governors' Association----WGA

400 N. Capitol St., N.W.

Suite 388

Washington, D.C. 20001


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